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Book reviews fall 2006

Fall 2006

By Gayla Marty

M, fall 2006

Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing

By Paul C. Rosenblatt

Almost all research treats sleep as though it occurs alone, yet millions of adults sleep with another adult. What does it mean to share a bed, and how does it affect a couple's relationship? And why do so many people continue sharing a bed in the face of great challenges, from snoring to life changes? More than 40 bed-sharing couples talked candidly about their routines and reasons. Rosenblatt is a Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Family Social Science, Twin Cities.

State University of New York Press, 2006; ISBN 0-7914-6830-5; $25.55 pb

Zenith: A Postcard Perspective of Historic Duluth

By Tony Dierckins

In 475 breathtaking vintage postcards from 1871 to 1939, see the first full-color illustrated history of the western Lake Superior region. Its story unfolds by topic, including bridges, ships, landmarks, waterfalls, iron mines, industries, and more--all captured in the brilliant hues of the lithograph at its peak by UMD alumnus and publisher Dierckins. To order online, see http://www.x-communication.org.

X-communication, 2006; ISBN 1-887317-30-9; $19.95 pb

Word Origins...and How We Know Them: Etymology for Everyone

By Anatoly Liberman

If etymology is the archaeology of words, then Liberman is etymology's Indiana Jones. Wry, brilliant, and driven by the energy of a true sleuth, this exploration of the science, politics, and art of etymology unearths the origins of hundreds of English words, conveniently indexed, from abominable to zipper. If you've asked yourself not only where a word comes from but How do they know that, anyway?--here's the answer. Liberman is a professor in the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch, Twin Cities.

Oxford University Press, 2005; ISBN 0-19-516147-5; $25.00 hc


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